Lafayette High honoring crash victims

This past weekend's fatal crash involving a car and a Lafayette school bus has the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) conducting its own investigation.

As we've reported, four of the five people in the vehicle died and everyone on the bus survived with injuries ranging from minor to serious. The team and coaches were on their way to a game when the SUV blew a tire, lost control and slammed into the bus.

The tragic accident now has the attention of the NTSB. The information they collect is used to improve safety standards. Meanwhile, as the investigation into the crash continues, Lafayette High will host a public fundraiser honoring the victims.

According to the principal at Lafayette High School, Friday Lafayette High students will observe a remembrance day for the Cheatham-Escort families at 11:41 a.m., the time of the fatal accident that claimed the life of four people. They died this past weekend when the car they were in blew a tire and hit a Lafayette School bus that was carrying the Lafayette High Baseball team. The school will also hold a public fundraiser.

All donations can be brought to Lafayette high school anytime Friday and Monday. All checks should be made out to the Cheatham-Escort benefit fund. All money raised will then be hand delivered by Lafayette High personnel to the victims' families.

Visitation for the victims will be Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Siracusaville Recreation Center, 1110 Grace St., Morgan City, La., from 9 a.m. until funeral services at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the Mechanicville Emmanuel Baptist Church Cemetery in Houma, La.

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